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Restorers say that if allowed to remove and replace the discolored layer of varnish on the Mona Lisa, the colors Leonardo da Vinci painted nearly five hundred years ago will once again shine through.


A. If
B. if it is
C. if they are
D. when
E. when it is
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shaileshmishra wrote:
Restorers say that if allowed to remove and replace the discolored layer of varnish on the Mona Lisa, the colors Leonardo da Vinci painted nearly five hundred years ago will once again shine through.


A. If ==> No doer
B. if it is
C. if they are
D. when ==> No doer
E. when it is


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Firs split: S-V agreement.
who is allowed to remove and replace.....? Clearly, the restorers (plural). So B, E are out immediately because of "it".

Second split: Meaning
D and A have same problem, they do not show the doer? Who is allowed to remove and replace? The restorers or someone else?

IMO, C is correct, it tells us the doer-the restorers very clearly.

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I think it should be C as some one is required to remove and replace the colours and C provides us with the same ... hence C
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My take : C

their should be a doer responsible for replacing and removing the discoloured layer of varnish.

"they" in C clearly refers to 'restorers'
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This is a ‘first conditional’ topic with an ‘if clause’ that is in present tense followed by the main clause that is in the simple future. However, the catch is that there should be an ‘if clause’ with a verb and not an ‘if phrase’ with an Ed modifier.
That is the reason, A and D are out. B and E have SV error. Finally, therefore, C remains.
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The sentence as written contains a dangling modifier, so beloved of the test makers. The structure is “… if allowed…., the colors…”. In the part of the sentence before the comma there is no mention of who or what is allowed. “Restorers” are allowed. You could correct the sentence by placing “restorers” or a pronoun to refer to them, such as “they”, immediately after the comma. The other way to correct the sentence, as has been done here, is to mention “they” in the first part of the sentence.
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Hi,

Could someone help with this one, why could not B - "If it is" be correct answer? I mean, why could not we use "It is" in the same way as "It is easy/difficult/essential to...", in which cases "it" does not really have any antecedent?

Thanks for helping me :)
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thuyduong91vnu wrote:
Hi,

Could someone help with this one, why could not B - "If it is" be correct answer? I mean, why could not we use "It is" in the same way as "It is easy/difficult/essential to...", in which cases "it" does not really have any antecedent?

Thanks for helping me :)


Grammatically the sentence would be correct, but the meaning would be wrong. The sentence would mean that if it is generally (by law) allowed.
However the original meaning is if the restorers are allowed.
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Hi sayantanc2k,

Thanks for your response :-) I have one more question for this, how can we determine which one is the original meaning when both choices are grammatically correct? Is it because in common sense we do not consider the removement and replacement are illegal actions, or are there any other reasons for this?

Thanks for helping me!
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thuyduong91vnu wrote:
Hi sayantanc2k,

Thanks for your response :-) I have one more question for this, how can we determine which one is the original meaning when both choices are grammatically correct? Is it because in common sense we do not consider the removement and replacement are illegal actions, or are there any other reasons for this?

Thanks for helping me!


I find your query difficult to answer since in general it is not required to use external knowledge to answer a GMAT SC question - let me try to explain in this way:

Consider this sentence:

" If I am allowed to play, our team will win"

The above sentence automatically means that if I am allowed to play, I WILL play.

Now consider the following:

" If it is allowed for me to play, our team would win"

This sentence is slightly awkward because this sentence does not convey the meaning that I would play - it just states that there is no bar against my playing.

I am not sure whether I could explain the difference, but this is the best I could try.
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